GEC College News

20 March 2018
Issue Two
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Year 9 Program
Senior School News
Library Corner
International Women's Day
Sport Report
Performing Arts News
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 20th March

Year 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 6:30pm

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Wednesday 21st March

Harmony Day

College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 22nd March

Year 7 Interschool Sport

GECPA Multicultural Picnic 6pm – 7:30pm


Friday 23rd March

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 26th March

Year 12 Studio Art & Year 11 Art VCE Exhibition Visit


Tuesday 27th March

Year 7 Immunisations

Year 9 Program Excursion 9A-C - St Kilda 11am – 3pm


Wednesday 28th March

Year 9 Program Excursion 9D-F - St Kilda 11am – 3pm

Year 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 7:15pm

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Thursday 29th March

Last Day Term 1

GEC Cross Country Carnival 11am – 1:30pm

All students dismissed form Caulfield Park at 1:30pm


Monday 16th April

First Day Term 2


Tuesday 17th April

Year 11 VCE Success Strategies Incursion 9am – 10:40am

Year 9 Poetry in Action - Fact vs. Fiction Incursion 11am – 11:50am

Year 8 Poetry in Action - The Poet's Quest Incursion 11:5am – 12:40pm


Friday 20th April

Year 11 Geography Field Trip

School Tour 9:15am

Year 11 Media Excursion - Top Screen 2018 11am – 3pm


Wednesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday (School Closed)


Friday 27th April

School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 1st May

Languages Open Day 9:15am


Wednesday 2nd May

Open Day School Tours 9:15am, 11:30am & 1:45pm

Open Day Evening Presentation 6:30pm

Senior Boys Football & Girls Netball


Thursday 3rd May

Year 11 & 12 VCE and Careers Expo 2018 Excursion

Year 9 Luka Lesson Incursion


Monday 7th May

Year 7-10 Berthe Mouchette Competition

SEAL Information Night 6:30pm


Wednesday 9th May

Book Club & Library Monitors Book Buying Excursion


Thursday 9th May

School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 15th May

Senior Interschool Sport


Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th May

Year 8 Camp


Thursday 17th May

Year 12- Achieve Your B.E.S.T. Incursion 9am – 10:40am


Friday 18th May

SEAL Test for 2019 1pm – 4pm

From the Principal

Dare I say it - we have nearly completed our $10.1 million capital works program. 

Next week we will take possession of the last phase – 3 classrooms, new staffroom and a beautiful new and expanded entrance area to our library.


In terms of the funding from the project we have not been able to include landscaping.  However we had planned for this potentially happening and will engage landscapers in term 2.  Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association are supporting the landscaping with their fundraising activities this year which is very much appreciated.


I am very grateful to the State Government for acknowledging the need for improved facilities at GEC to better support our students in their learning and our teachers in their teaching.


All students Years 7 – 12 will have received their progress reports via XUNO and hopefully you will be able to attend parent teacher interviews in the last two weeks of term. Please discuss the progress reports with your child to assist them with planning for the next term.



There has been a great range of activities at the college this term - some of the highlights include:

  • The Year 7 camp saw students engaging in an array of new experiences – and our staff too!
  • Many students have represented the college in a number of interschool team sports.
  • Our variety of lunch time and after school clubs and activities continue to grow. Activities such as drone and robotics clubs and a range of clubs and activities in the library are proving very popular with our students, as is the range of instrumental music opportunities including ensembles.  There are also many staff coaching sports teams.
  • Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association continue to promote our community at events such as the recent Party in the Park. 


This week we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, Harmony Day and Francophonie.  Wednesday will be an opportunity for students and staff to wear orange, red or pink to celebrate Harmony Day.  There are a range of activities at lunchtimes for students.


I hope you can attend the Parents and Friends Multicultural picnic at the College this Thursday.  It is a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other.

School Council Elections

I am delighted to announce our new parent members of school council: Ruth Gordon, Johnathan Lock and Tracey Swiatlo.  They join Julie Staunton, Laszlo Kiss and Kristen Skinner who are half way through their two year term as parent representatives.

Our staff representatives are:  Jenny Sanchez, Aaron Petersen, Justine Douglas and Nick Hamer-Smith.


I thank all those retiring councillors for their superb work over the past year(s): Michael Polonsky, Paula Darvas and Vicki Williams.  All the work of our councillors is valued.


We are always looking for ways to involve our parents in our community. Please contact me if you have ideas of how you would like to be involved. Our Parents and Friends group is an excellent way to meet other families and I encourage you to join.

Student Punctuality – Learning starts at 8.55am

We have a staff member on yard duty from 8.25am every day.  All students should be at school by 8.40am at the latest.  This provides them with enough time to say hello to friends, put their bags away and get their books for team, periods one and 2.  Team meeting commences at 8.55am.  

Many of our students make it comfortably to team by 8.55am.  However there is an increasing number of students who do not.  Unfortunately this is a situation that can have a negative effect on the education of not only those students who are late, but also the other students in the class.


What impact does being late have on the student?

Students who are late miss a lot of instructions and information about what is happening, not to mention important learning sessions. This means that they have to catch up somehow. Students also miss out on catching up with their friends in the playground before school. Students can feel unsettled, disorganized and unhappy for the rest of the day and it can take them some time to complete and understand the work that they have missed. It’s similar to being late to see a movie and not being able to understand what’s happening because you have missed out on who the characters are and what the plot is.


How does it affect the other students in the class?

Students who are late have an unsettling effect on the rest of the class. Because not all late students arrive at once, the interruptions go on until the last student is settled. Students who are late often have things that need to be done prior to them joining the class and this causes even more disruption. Sometimes other students have to wait to get the teacher’s attention and important issues can be forgotten.


Why does student lateness cause difficulties for the teacher?

The teacher has a certain amount of material and activities to cover each lesson. Also, organizational issues are usually dealt with at the beginning of the day. Teachers can become increasingly frustrated when late students continually and repeatedly interrupt their planned routines, as they have to stop teaching to deal with the issues involved.


We are all human. Cars can break down and unexpected situations can occur. We know that family morning routines are not always straightforward. If you are experiencing problems, speak to us, as we may be able to offer suggestions to help.


We are happy to accept that students will be late on the odd occasion because of unforeseen circumstances with a note from a parent or guardian. However, arriving late on a regular basis is not acceptable. Students who are late to school without a note from a parent will have to attend a lunchtime detention on the same day in Room 104. Failure to attend will result in attending a Friday after school detention.



A student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year.


You will read about the wonderful work our Year 9 students are doing in cleaning up St Kilda beach during the Year 9 Program later in the newsletter. 

We received a wonderful telephone call recently from a member of the public.  The person commented upon the outstanding behaviour of our students, how well they looked in their uniforms, how respectful they were when approached by members of the public and how hard they were working.  Well done Year 9.


I wish you all a wonderful term break and look forward to a successful term 2.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

SEAL Program – Year 7 2019

Registrations for the SEAL testing will open shortly.  Any families who have a student commencing Year 7 in 2019 who intends to sit the assessment will need to sign on using the link on our website.  Testing will occur Friday 18th May commencing at 1pm.

Interschool Sport

It has been great to see so many students participating in the interschool sport competitions.  All students in Years 8-12 have had the opportunity to participate in Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball and Lawn Bowls. Some of our Year 7 students will be competing in the Beachside Division this Thursday. 


Year 7 Camp

It was an absolute pleasure to attend Year 7 Camp recently.  Whilst there were many tired bodies by Friday afternoon, there were also lots of happy smiles and joy-filled moments during the three days we were away. Our students were commended for their kindness and polite attitude by the staff of the camp and we worked hard to celebrate and recognise the many ways in which students challenged themselves.  For many students this meant stepping on just the first rung of the ladder at the high ropes course, whilst other students were able to extend themselves by encouraging and supporting others.   


Gifted Awareness Week

During the final week of term 1, we will be celebrating Gifted Awareness Week.  Through this program, we seek to support and celebrate the  potential of students of Glen Eira College and enable their talent development.  Events will be advertised in the bulletin and all students are encouraged to attend. 

Student Leadership

At Glen Eira College, we expect a lot from our student leaders and so it is a big responsibility and requires real commitment. All of our leaders are expected to have an exemplary record regarding behaviour in class (preparedness for lessons, submission of work) and set the standard in terms of presentation, language and behaviour. They must be approachable and reliable and demonstrate enthusiasm for their chosen field, thereby encouraging students to get involved in a range of school activities. 


Congratulations to the following students:



Morgan Edwards

Ashley Szmerling

Berenice Mickelburough

Boris Pribil



RED - Sierra Danon and Anna Rowsell

GOLD - Ashleigh Harris and Bhayne Lundgren

BLUE - Taylor Lowery, Ana Garcia Landeira and Athanasia Mazi

GREEN - Nick Brooks and Alanna Gray



Sierra Danon

Shruthi Sasi Kumar

Ashleigh Harris

Noa Kantor

Louis Jacobe de Naurois

Adelin Zipman

Chloe Guss

Mikki Clemens

Aimee Harris

Antoine Hobbs

Kate Stamp

Jasmyn Roberts

Mila Taczynski

Jemma Willingham

Rusha Shah

Dana Gonshor



Jack Aaronfeld

Kali Appleby

Nicholas Brooks

Jia Jia Chow-Phillips

Andriane Demetriou

Eli Douek

Elouise Krelle

Ariella Karavanny

Sam McFarland

Barney Miller

Rivka Mitchell

Anna Rowsell

Eliza Sharpe

Emily Tedstone

Ari Verrios



Ben Matthews

Jenna Casamento 

Aimee Harris

Paul Palatsides



Shruthi Sasi Kumar



Isabel 7B

Anaelle 7B

Luna 7B

Harriet 7B

Orleanna 7B

Mandeiya 7C

Ines 7C

Freya 7C

Sophia 7F

Safal 7F

Bhrugu 7G

Ed 7G

Lily 7G

Eloise 7G

Casper 7G

Pranjal 7G

Charlee 7G

Diksha 7G

Amiya 7G

Angel 7G

Anjana 7G

Caitlin 8B

Penny 8B

Manasvi 8B

Coline 9A

Gabi 9A

Dhugal 9C

Tracey 9D

Alexander 9D

Georgia 9E

Abi 10B

Joshua 10E

Adelin 10E

Sai 11A

Taylor 11B

Liza 12 B


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Uniforms, Attendance and the Glen Eira 5

Term 1 is almost over. We have been very proud this term of the way our students have presented themselves to the community. We appreciate your support in reminding students that the only jewellery to be visible is a watch and no more than two pairs of studs or sleepers (plain gold or silver) in the ears only. School shoes must be leather, lace ups – not runners even if they are all black or T-bars.


The uniform sub-committee will again convene this year to continue to review our uniform policy. Please contact me if you wish to contribute to this committee.


Attendance is very important for ensuring your child makes the most of their education. Being late to school will impact on their ability to achieve their best. It is expected that all students will have at least 95% attendance rate at school over the year. It is vital that notes are provided when students are absent or are late. Please note that if your child is not participating in inter-school sport then they are expected to be at school following the program for the day (and a program will be run for them).


This term our teachers have been focusing on improving their practice through Professional Learning Teams. Teachers are working collaboratively to refine, innovate and improve in a range of areas including acknowledging student success, the 7 traits of writing, feedback to students and assessment tools. Our curriculum day was used to do some significant work in setting goals in these areas and we hope you will see evidence of this in your child’s experience at school.


Our values and beliefs are encapsulated in our Glen Eira 5, which was created a number of years ago in consultation with staff, students and parents. We seek to live by these values to provide our young people with a supportive learning community. Please take some time to read and discuss these with your child.


5 promises teachers make to our students;

  • maintain a safe learning environment.
  • know how you learn and what direction your learning should take.
  • make classes engaging.
  • listen, encourage and support.
  • involve the wider community in your learning.

5 promises staff make to one another;

  • share resources.
  • support one another.
  • work collaboratively to improve student learning.
  • be consistent in applying policies.
  • learn from one another.

5 characteristics you will see in our teaching;

  • differentiate teaching and learning to support and challenge the full range of abilities.
  • structure lessons according to SABRE.
  • be innovative and reflective.
  • be enthusiastic.
  • be accountable for improving student outcomes.

5 things you will see from our students;

  • be enthusiastic and motivated.
  • communicate and be respectful.
  • seize opportunities to participate and learn.
  • work together, acting responsibly and creatively.
  • direct their own learning through questioning and exploring.

5 things you will see from our parents, carers and guardians;

  • be involved and contribute to the broader educational program.
  • play an active role in the child’s learning.
  • support their children in achieving their learning goals.
  • promote the school values.
  • maintain open lines of communication with the school.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Lunch Time and After School Clubs and Activities

There are a wide variety of clubs and activities  at GEC for all students to get involved in.

Check out the full list attached here:


Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Camp

On Wednesday 7th March, the Year 7 cohort took the long and winding road to camp at Rawson’s Village. Students were introduced to a magnificent landscape full of interesting and daring activities such as swimming, high ropes, rock climbing, bushwalking and other activities to build social interactions, community awareness, self-confidence, problem solving, teamwork, trust and life skills. The camp talent show revealed many hidden talents, from singing, dancing and piano solos to some future stand-up comedians. Camp was a great opportunity for students to make new friends and get to know their teachers. On Friday afternoon a tired group of students arrived back at Glen Eira College with new friendships and plenty of stories to tell.


Bernie Coghlan and Delanka Peiris

Year 7 Coordinators


Year 8 Highlights

The school year is well and truly up and running and the Year 8 students have settled in nicely. Students are taking full advantage of their new chromebooks, making for collaborative and efficient learning in the classroom.


The following students from Year 8 are taking part in the GEC 2018 School Production:

- Maani Baker
- Warne Hewett
- Keely Edwards
- Masha Salsky
- Leila Newby
- Emma Lightbody
- Essie Wilson
- Phoebe Clarke
- Sebastian Buley-Delanty
- Caleb Hopewell
- Jarrod Wisdom
- Ashleigh Datt
- Aimee Venier
- Jasmyn Roberts
- Emma Gould
- Alicia Scott
- Caoimhe McCooey
- Kate Stamp


Good luck with rehearsals and we look forward to seeing the show later in the year.


Year 8 interschool sport day was on Wednesday 14th March. We had teams competing in softball, volleyball, cricket, and tennis. Our girls' softball team won their round-robin and will move on to the next stage of competition. Our boys' volleyball team came runners-up, losing a thriller in the third set of the grand final.


The Cross Country Carnival is on the last day at school at Caulfield Park. It is a great way to celebrate the end of term 1 and promises to be a great day.


Have an enjoyable finish to the term and a safe holidays, and I look forward to keeping you updated on what is happening at GEC next term.


Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator

Drone Club

This is our first year offering Drone Club as an extracurricular activity for junior students. The advancement in recent years of UAV’s, Drones are no longer military use only. Their wide use as both recreational and workplace tools makes it important our students are given the opportunity to learn not only how to fly them but maintain and repair the equipment. Multi skilling our students can only enhance their opportunities in the future.


John Tserkezidis

Materials Technology Teacher


Year 9 Program

Sea Shepherd Beach Clean Up

During term 1 the Year 9 program has provided us with many opportunities to find out and learn about lots of different charities around Australia. Some examples are the Cathy Freeman Foundation and other Indigenous foundations, RSPCA, St Vincent De Paul, Prahran Mission, Sacred Heart Mission and of course Sea Shepherd. This has opened our eyes to relevant issues in our community and what we can do to help.


On Tuesday 6th March, 9A, 9B and 9C headed out to St Kilda beach with Sea Shepherd to do a beach clean up.  When we got to the beach most of us were curious as it looked like there was hardly any rubbish.  Then the Sea Shepherds talked to us and said that it is the small pieces of rubbish that add up and that is what we should be looking for.  Turns out, when we went to clean up the beach there were heaps of small pieces of plastic, lots of cigarettes and small bits of glass.  When I heard that we were going on a beach clean up I was really annoyed because it was meant to be a hot day and I didn’t want to spend it doing hard work.  However, when we got down there it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be and it was a lovely way to spend my Tuesday afternoon out in the sun.

At the end we had to sort out all of the rubbish into different groups.  One pile that was quite big was the glass pile. This was surprising as there are signs on the beach that clearly state glass is not permitted. This shows that just because there are signs, it does not mean people will do the right thing. We can always do more to help prevent littering, as bits of glass can potentially be very dangerous. Another pile we sorted the rubbish into was cigarettes. In total we found 1200 of them in just a small section of the beach.


While cleaning up, a few of us were stopped by members of the public. We were told to “keep up the good work!” and that we were “doing a great job!” Even though the sun was beating down and it was a tiring task, these few words gave us the encouragement to keep on going. Having complete strangers come up to us and compliment our efforts, it gave us great feelings of accomplishment.


The organisation that provided this amazing opportunity for us, Sea Shepherd, does many other amazing things for the environment. They protect whales and reefs, they help prevent the extinction of sea creatures and they also stop the increase of debris in the ocean. They help to maintain our beautiful oceans and provide a voice for the voiceless. With organizations like Sea Shepherd around, sea creatures and their habitats are not going anywhere.  


To summarise, we had an enjoyable and fulfilling day down at St Kilda beach and we are very grateful to Sea Shepherd for organizing this day and for helping keep our oceans beautiful and clean.  


Carmelle Kent and Aimee Harris

Year 9

Senior School News

The New Student Luncheon was held on Monday 5th March as a way to touch base with all of our new students across the college. It was great to see students across the year levels mingling with one another.


Christalia Formoso, the college nurse, and Morgan Hunter, our new social worker, have been running “Lifestyle Checks” with our Year 12 students with a focus on maintaining balanced lifestyles throughout the year. The Wellbeing Team are always available to students if they require assistance.

Year 10 & 11 News

On the 28th February, Year 10 World of Business and Year 11 Business Management students were fortunate to spend a lesson with Soren from Smart Money. During the hour, students discussed spending habits of today's society, the role of advertisements in the marketplace and the importance of making good consumer decisions. 


Some comments from students include: 


'I believe Soren was very good at getting his point across, not boring at all... he talked about tracking your money (using a tracking app) so that you can save more efficiently' - Jaymin Patel


'Soren taught me that we are often tricked into buying things we do not, in fact, need' - John Kouskoulis 


'I learnt about the different marketing strategies that are done to trick consumers into buying products. He told us how to avoid these tricks and to save money. I found it interesting to see how things that you might have not even thought about may affect you while you are shopping' - Jasmine HG


'I liked how he would relate all the information to us so that we could understand how it can impact our lives' - Jade 


Overall, students were challenged to learn to be savvy consumers in a society that may often value over consumption and over spending. 


Casey Deng

Business Management Teacher

Year 11 News

Exciting news! Year 11 Ski Camp is now on and dates are 12th  to 14th  September.  The first installment payment of $140.00 is required by Friday 23rd March.  Only 60 students can attend so please get in quickly so you do not miss a great camp. 


Students need to ensure that they are dedicating the hours to study as the honeymoon period for VCE is over.  Students should be averaging 2 hours each night of homework and revising notes.  If anyone wants assistance with a study timetable, please come to senior school and we can work on that together.


Mary Maniatis

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 News

It has been a tremendous start to the year for our Year 12 students.  As I wander the corridors I am heartened to see that collectively they are using their private study periods effectively by completing either set homework or preparing for SACs.


However there will be times when students' stress levels will increase especially as the amount of work increases.  I cannot stress enough the importance of organising a home study routine, which is flexible and which encompasses some free/fun time.  I encourage Year 12 students to come and see me if they need assistance with putting together a home study timetable.


On a lighter note, the Year 12 Executive is working hard organising the Year 12 formal, which I am sure is going to be one of the highlights of their year. At the time of writing this article, the invitations are nearly ready for printing.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Senior School Go-Kart Challenge

This year the gloves are off and a challenge has been put out. Year 11 and 12 students are participating in building a go-kart. Each group are given the resources and then drawing on their experience gained in the Year 7 to 10 materials subjects, go away to plan, design and construct a go-kart each. Students will then compete in the Thunderdrome (paddock) racetrack. May the best team win.


John Tserkezidis

Materials Technology Teacher


Senior School Team

Year 10 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Year 11 Coordinator: Mary Maniatis

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Senior School Leader: Keira McLean

Careers & Pathways Coordinator: Carol McCaskie

International Coordinator: Tara Fang


Library Corner

Term 1 Activities 

Term 1 has flown by in a flash, and the library has been busy as always. Our renovations are nearing completion, and we are very excited to share the refreshed library space with the whole school community.


The Book Club has had a great time meeting every fortnight to chat about what we’re reading and make recommendations to each other. This term we have celebrated the Inky Awards longlist and started reading some of the amazing books that made the cut this year. We have also had some excellent discussions about representation, inclusivity in literature and how we choose what to read. Our first excursion of the year will be on the 9th May - an opportunity to visit one of the best young adult bookshops in Australia (Readings Kids) and choose books for the library collection.


A new club commenced this term in the Library; Pop Culture Club. This group meets fortnightly after school on Thursdays to chat all things pop culture, including music, comics, fanfiction, zines, video games and fashion. At the most recent meeting we all shared something in pop culture that we are dedicated fans of, and the topics were incredibly diverse… everything from manga to memes! This social group is open to everyone and is a great way to geek-out and meet new people, so please come along if it sounds interesting to you.

Our Library Captain Shruthi (11B) held a New Student Library Orientation on the 13th March which gave new students the chance to learn about the library and ask any questions. This was a great initiative thought-up by Shruthi, and we will continue this in years to come!


The Library Monitors have been keeping the library a tidy, vibrant space for all students to use, and will celebrate a term of hard work with a morning tea on the Tuesday before the holidays. This is also when the Term 1 Library Monitor MVP will be announced.


With the break just around the corner, now is the time to start borrowing books for holiday reading. The library books get awfully lonely with two weeks of no visitors, so we encourage all students and staff to borrow to their heart's content!


The VCE Forum for senior students was held in week five this term, and those students who came along now know about the great resources and services we provide for them in their final years of school. They also got some little-known tips about using their public library and the State Library to their advantage for their studies. For anyone who missed out on this session, you are welcome to visit us in the library to ask any questions. There is also a summary available on the GEC Hub.


We hope everyone enjoys the last few weeks of the term, and has a safe and relaxing holiday filled with plenty of good reading!


Karys McEwen - College Librarian &

Megan Gatt - Library Technician

International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2018

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”.


We had an excellent week of celebrations for International Women’s Day this year at the college! We ran a number of different activities and competitions in recognition of the amazing achievements of women around the world, and to raise awareness around issues of equality.


Ms Schmidtke and Ms McEwen visited each year level assembly throughout the week to explain the significance of International Women’s Day and for some fun trivia on women. Every correct answer won a prize! Do you know some of the answers?


What country is Malala Yousafzai from? Pakistan

Which female author has sold the most novels? Agatha Christie

Who is known as the world’s first computer coder? Ada Lovelace

Which well-known British actress said this quote during her 2015 speech to United Nations: "It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals." Emma Watson

Which country was the first to grant women the vote? New Zealand

Who won the first ever Women’s AFL Best & Fairest medal in 2017? Erin Phillips

The Library Monitors and SRC Reps worked hard throughout the week to make over 400 purple, white and green ribbon pins for staff and students to wear. Ms Gatt also created a spectacular book display in the Library, which included some of our fantastic biographies and picture books about amazing women.


We offered a copy of the new book “Shout Out to The Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women” to the student who wrote the best paragraph about an awesome woman they admire. We had plenty of students write heart-warming entries and they were difficult to choose between!


Congratulations to the winner:

“I admire and look up to (well down because she smaller than me) my best friend Stella. She has been my best friend for 10 years, since prep, and we've stayed by each other’s side for those years. She's basically my sister from another mother! The real reason I admire her is that she is very strong and courageous. She was only 7 years old when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Alopecia. She felt very uncertain and unloving to herself and thought that no one would love her again because of her change. But her condition only made her stronger. Her mum came in one day and talked to us about what had happened to her and that it was in the genes because her dad has it as well. Her happy smile came back and she regained her love of herself and was more confident to go out there and tell the people she loves and know about what had happened to her. When she moved to a different school than me, she told me that she talked to her class about her condition and why she has it. Every year, when she gets a new class, she talks to her fellow students about Alopecia and that it is not deadly but an immune deficiency and she participates in the annual Alopecia festival that is run by the Alopecia Foundation. This is why I admire her because she is an inspiration to me and us all and I love her so much. I couldn't live without her strong loving spirit.”


Georgia Wood-Freeman (9E)


And runner-ups:

“Someone who inspires me is my grandma. She can speak 3 languages. She is able to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She has run a restaurant and can cook so many types of food. When she thinks my sister and I might be bored of her food (I never am), she finds something new to cook for us. She is always looking after us and is always caring for us. If she thinks we won't have dinner that night, or might want a nice breakfast, she always invites us over or brings the food around. She cares for us and loves us, and we love her too, so much. She inspires me to keep on going and she taught me how to love cooking and make some amazing foods and still wants to teach me more. That's why she inspires me.”


Caitlin Blair (8B)


“The important woman in my life is my great-grandmother, Margery. My great-grandmother inspires me because she was alive during war… and survived it! She got married to a French man she only knew from letters in her teenage years! They met for the first time on the 16th of April 1944 and then got married 3 months later. Whilst her husband was out fighting for his country she was asked to work as a teacher, and she wasn't able to see her husband at all. Back in those days women weren't allowed to work but she had to, it was called war effort. After the war ended she was finally able to see her husband again and she moved to France and lived happily ever after with him! My great-grandmother has inspired me to always help others even during the most difficult of times and to always choose kindness and love! To me my great-grandmother is amazing and she contributed enormously during the war.”


Anaelle Micciche (7B)


Finally, we held a morning tea on Thursday where the male staff were encouraged to bring a plate to share to thank the female staff at GEC for their contributions to the school community. We were all very impressed with the spread!


Thank you for celebrating International Women’s Day with us this year! On this day and every day, we acknowledge the achievements of all, and work towards equality for women in our society and beyond.


Karys McEwen - College Librarian &

Emma Schmidtke - Student Voice Coordinator

Sport Report

Year 8 Beachside Softball

The Year 8 girls' softball team played in the Beachside Round Robin on Wednesday 14th March at Farm Road Reserve. The team, runners up at the SSV state finals last year, had high expectations coming into the competition. With a few new members on board, the girls won their first game convincingly against Mentone, 19-2. There were some excellent plays between Tess and Phoebe, making a great 1st base and pitching combination. The girls went on to win their second game against Elwood 21-8. Thank you to Lauren, Keely and Maani who all stepped in to play with Elwood showing great sportsmanship. Well done to the team as they now progress on to the SMR Regional Finals on Thursday 3rd May.


Team: Tess, Ashleigh, Phoebe, Erin, Kate, Lauren, Emma L, Emma G, Keely, Maani, Alicia, Dahlia, Bianca, Becca, Zoe (coach).


Keira McLean

Senior School Leader

Beachside Swimming

Regional swimming was held on 6th March with 25 students competing against the other beachside schools. With lots of close results, William Wong won his 50m breaststroke event and came 4th in butterfly and freestyle. Ilay Fridberg and Anatole Dutrieux both came 2nd in their respective 200m freestyle and both came 3rd in 50m freestyle and backstroke. Eva Serafimovska (backstroke), Olivia Colletta (butterfly) and Giorgio Bafitis (breastroke) all came second in their events and special congratulations to Max Keogh for completing the 200m individual medley.


Well done to everyone for a fun day and good luck to William at the division finals.


Senior Boys' Lawn Bowls

After reaching the state finals last year, the senior boys’ lawn bowl team has got off to a good start again winning at the beachside regional competition.  They will be competing at the division level as this goes to press so good luck at the next levels, can they go 1 step more than last year?


Peter Bales

Interschool Sport Coordinator


Performing Arts News

Performing Arts Calendar – important dates coming up

Term 2

Week 1: 19th April - Singfest (SEVR event)

Week 5: 9th May - Stringfest (SEVR event)


Term 3

Week 2: 24th - 26th July - Production performances

Week 2: 25th July - VSSS Mass Choir rehearsal 

Week 6: 22nd August - VSSS Mass Choir rehearsal

Week 9: 13th - 14th September - VSSS whole cast rehearsal days

Week 9: 15th September - 2 VSSS performances



Rehearsals have started for the GEC 2018 Production of Little Shop of Horrors, an enthralling sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying and catchy 1960s pop / rock score.


Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.


As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination.


More information about ticket sales will be available in term 2.


If there are any parents/carers who would like to help out with the performances e.g. with hair and make-up, props, costumes, filming the performances (or any of the other myriad jobs that goes into putting on a successful school production) please email our school production coordinator Mrs Sarah Mortimer -

VSSS 2018

Glen Eira College again has the opportunity to be involved in the Mass Choir for the Victorian State School Spectacular in 2018.  The Spectacular includes a cast of over 3000 Victorian government school students, working towards a common goal in a collaborative, competition-free environment. Its dual aims are to provide an invaluable performing arts opportunity for Victoria's government school students and to showcase the enormous talent that exists in our schools. This all comes together in a 2-3 hour scripted show that celebrates a diversity of performance mediums, including choir, dance, vocal, drama, and a live orchestra.


Students who participate in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular are provided with a unique opportunity to work with internationally renowned industry professionals across all disciplines, as well as the amazing experience of performing live in front of thousands of people, whilst also being broadcast on national television.


There are also a number of other talented GEC students who have already applied, auditioned and been accepted into the PAU Choir as well as the Orchestra – congratulations!


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Careers Corner

Year 12

Careers Chat

Dear Year 12s,

Please make a time to come and see me for a quick 10 to 15 minute chat this term.  I have a fantastic new Careers online tool, WIRL that I would love to share with you. This will make it easier for me to disseminate relevant careers and university information to you.


Reasons to have a job in Year 12

Year 13 has some great reasons to keep your job during Year 12. If you’re wondering what the right decision is, check out what they have to say –


UMAT information

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.


UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2018 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2019 but NOT 2020. Do not register for UMAT2018 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2019 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2018 Information Booklet.


Becoming a dentist

This article from The Footnotes provides information about the different study paths you can take to becoming a dentist.

Check it out –

University Information

University Survival Guide

This guide, made by the Country Education Foundation of Australia, provides practical tips for surviving the start of university, including living, working, making sure you have enough money, and having a good time! Check it out if you’re worried about how you’re going to make university work for you.

See it here –


What I wish I knew before I started studying

This video from Deakin University asks recent graduates what they wish they knew before they started university. It’s useful for anyone planning to go to university (not just Deakin!).

Check it out –


Why you should reconsider the traditional uni path

Nowadays, there are plenty of other study options around that are much better suited to many of us. They’re great for those of us whose learning styles don’t particularly agree with the conventional approach of university. 

Read the article –  


AIE Open Day

Saturday 19 May

Find out about studying at AIE and where this can take you.

More details and registration –


Inside Monash Seminars

19 April: Design

19 April: Law

23 April: Fine Art

24 April: Biomedical Science and MD

24 April: Media Communication

26 April: Architecture

26 April: Business

26 April: Science

8 May: Arts, Criminology and Global Studies

8 May: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

9 May: Public Health and Health Science

10 May: Advanced Science – Global Challenges and Research

16 May: Biomedical Science, Radiography, Radiation Science and Nutrition

17 May: Education

17 May: Information Technology

22 May: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine

24 May: Education

24 May: Engineering

6 June: Nursing and Midwifery

20 June: Psychology

21 June: Business

12 July: Science

14 August: Music

6 September: Information Technology

13 September: Engineering

Find more details about these events here –


How an engineering degree can build your future

This article from Deakin explores what an engineering degree can lead to in the current environment where what we know about manufacturing, business and career paths is all changing.

Read it here –

Year 10

Work Experience

There have been a few Year 10s that have given me their completed work experience forms. I need to have these in by the end of term 1. If you are having difficulties in finding a placement, please come and see me at recess or lunch time or after school.


There are many benefits to work experience.

  • People are more likely to hire you if you’ve tried a job and still like it 
  • It shows you have initiative and can try new things 
  • You’ll have an opportunity to get a valuable reference from your ‘employer’ 
  • Network, meet potential future employers, find out about their graduate positions or if they offer apprenticeships and traineeships.  
  • Do you know someone in an interesting job?  If so, perhaps they will host you for a week. 
  • Ask around.  
  • Many of the best opportunities aren’t advertised. Try putting together a cover letter and CV then applying as you would for a job. You’re more likely to get a spot, plus you can chalk up some practice at applying for real jobs. 

Work experience as a Surveyor

 details are on this link:


Careers Fast Track Program

I will be delivering the Careers Fast Track Program to all the Year 10s. Many of you started this with the online quizzes regarding work, values and personality. Once the 4 quizzes have been completed, I am able to print out a personalised Pathways Book for you. We then use these booklets in stage 2 of the program, which will be run shortly. Stage 3 is when a Careers Fast Track Counsellor comes out to have a 30 minute interview face to face in May.


I have sent all the students an email with a link to complete the quizzes if they have not been done.  Please ensure all Year 10 students complete these before the end of the month. If you didn't get the email or are having difficulties with the process, please come and see me immediately.


Here is the link to the Work Experience form for the Year 10s in case they have misplaced their copy.


General Information

26 March, 6pm – Trade Careers

28 March, 6pm – Gap Year


Careers with Victoria Police

Victoria Police are currently in the middle of their biggest recruitment drive ever. Find out about what it takes to become a member of Victoria Police.

Find out more –


US College Sport Scholarship Seminars

Do you love your sport and want a world-class education at the same time? Don't miss out on the chance to hear from former student-athletes about how to get a US College Sport Scholarship. 

Find out how to navigate the recruiting process, the benefits of being a student-athlete and the how to make your application stand out from the crowd. Open to students in Years 9-12. Use the code 'MHS' to get free tickets to any of the events around Australia. 

16 March – Melbourne US Sport Scholarship Seminar  

17 March – Geelong US Sport Scholarship Seminar  


Stories of female apprentices

WorldSkills featured a few stories of female apprentices for International Women’s Day. Read the career paths of a fitter and machinist, signwriter and electrical and instrumentation apprentice.

Find out more about WorldSkills Australia here –


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music All-State Band

Wind, brass and percussion students in Years 7 – 12 at AMEB Grade 5 level and above are invited to audition for the All-State Band. The program will involve rehearsals on 12 & 13 May and a performance on 19 May.

Auditions are open until 31 March.

More details –


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

From the Office

Update Your Information

Have you recently changed, or are about to change, address, home, mobile or work phone number or email address? Please remember to ring the College on 9571 7838 or update your details on Xuno to keep us informed.

Student Absences

Student absences should be reported to the school on the day of the absence. Parents are reminded that the College has a designated telephone line for notification of student absence – 9571 4178.


There is also an absence proforma in the student planner that parents can complete for the student to return to the General Office on their return to school.

Early Leavers

If your child needs to leave school early you are required to provide a signed note for them to show their year level coordinator and bring down to the General Office when they sign out. Students are not permitted to leave the school early without signing out at the General Office.


This newsletter is emailed home to all families twice per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or want to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks on 9571 7838.

Centrepay for Payments

We now support the use of Centrepay. Centrepay is a free voluntary bill paying service. Deductions come directly from your Centrelink payments and can be used to pay many types of bills, such as child care, educations expenses, electricity bills or rent. Please download the form that is available on the school website or contact the General Office and the form will be emailed to you.

XUNO and Family Payments 2018

Thank you to all families who have paid their parent payments for the 2018 academic year.


This year we are continuing to deliver a more efficient payment and authorisation method for all Essential Learning Items, Events, Sports, Camps and Excursions by using the Events module on XUNO. This method replaces our paper forms and invoices as previously sent to you. Please log on to the XUNO Parent Portal to approve any events or to make any payments.


Alternatively you may still request a paper form or make payments by Cash, Debit/ Credit Card at the General Office or pay online using BPAY and Direct Deposit.


If you have any questions, please contact the General Office on 9571 7838.

XUNO Events and Payments 

Please find below our user guide for XUNO Events and Payments: 


If you have any questions  please contact me or on  9571 7838.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:
$225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply
Contact the General Office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


More Information
For the CSEF application closing dates and more information about the fund visit

Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

All GEC parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school.  Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you.   If you are interested in being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to


Our next meeting will be an evening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th April, or Wednesday or Thursday TBA depending on most popular day. We will discuss

  • Students Mobile phone use at school
  • Supper at School Production
  • Movie Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24

Volunteers (welcome even in a small way) and other suggestions welcome.


GECPA have just enjoyed Party in the Park on Sunday 18th March Allnut Park Wheatley Road Bentleigh. We raised $600 for the school!


Multicultural Picnic – Thursday 22 March 6pm - 7.30pm

All Glen Eira College families are invited to share a picnic dinner at the school to get to know other school families. Please bring a plate of food from your culture to share and your picnic set-plates, cups etc to reduce rubbish. Last year’s picnic was very enjoyable - a sublime summer evening in the school garden sharing a variety of delicious food from our many family backgrounds and catching up with school friends and making new ones. Two parents with kids just started at GEC met again for the first time since their primary school days!

Coles Sports for Schools Program

Coles are giving out vouchers to shoppers until April 3, and there is a collection box at the GEC office.


Supper at School Production 24th – 26th July

We will provide tea, coffee and a light supper at intermission for each evening performance.  We ask only for a gold coin donation to cover costs.
We will need a few volunteers each night to:  

  • bake a cake, slice or biscuits
  • set up tables, tea and coffee supplies and set out food before the show
  • start cleaning up towards the end of intermission
  • finalise setting up just before intermission and finish cleaning up after intermission.

The first 3 of these jobs can be done on a night when you are also watching the show.  For the last job, we need at least one person who is not watching - you would need to be there for about half-an-hour before and after intermission.

If you can help with any of the above on one or more of these nights, please send an email to 

Year 7 Family Camp – School Holidays weekend Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April in Boort to discover “Crow Country” – setting for Year 7 Novel

Would you like to join some Year 7 families camping in the Boort Lakes Caravan Park north of Bendigo – a chance to meet some other families and discover a new place where the Year 7 novel is set. Camping sites and just a few cabins available ph 54552064

We could enjoy an indigenous eco-tour with Gulpilil’s Australia  and discover the spanner man sculptures


If you are interested please contact Cathy (Erin’s mum) on 0412 119 807 so we can book the eco-tour and also please book your own accommodation.


Please note this camp is for GEC families, but is not an official school event.

Trivia Night

GECPA is planning a trivia night later in the year to raise funds for improving school grounds, outdoor seats and bike parking. Previous Trivia nights have been lots of fun and very successful.  We need a few more volunteers to assist planning the night. Please email GECPA if you can help

School Crossing – walking, cycling and public transport to school – Glen Eira Council invitation to comment

Great news that the speed limit will be reduced outside Glen Eira College! We should also ask Glen Eira Council and VicRoads to improve safety for kids riding and walking to school especially at the corners of Booran Rd/Neerim and Booran/Glen Eira Roads and riding along these approach roads to GEC. Glen Eira Council has asked for comment on a new transport plan for Glen Eira that includes walking, cycling and public transport and specifically looks at improving safety for kids walking and cycling to school – Please send in a short comment to support further improvements for the safety of kids walking and riding to school by 26 March. Parent Catherine Mc Naughton is a member of Glen Eira Councils Sustainable Transport Advisory Committee and happy to discuss local transport issues with you – ph 0412 119 807

Weekly Walk and Talk  

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:45pm at the corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve.

So that we can keep in contact, we have set up a messaging group on Whatsapp. To join the group, just email us your name and phone number.  (If you don't already have Whatsapp installed on your smartphone, you will need to do that first -it's very easy to install and to use).

Ride2School Day Friday March 23 

Active transport is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst students and the wider school community. Whether they ride or scoot all the way, or part way, it's a great way for all students to get active, learn new skills and increase their confidence. National Ride2School Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage active travel within your school community. The day celebrates those who already actively travel to school and encourages those who don't to start. In 2015 Glen Eira College adopted an active travel charter to encourage students and staff to travel by active means. Bike parking is located behind the PAC and scooter parking racks have been made for GEC by the Brighton Men’s Shed.


Gran Prix Bicycles offer school families a 5% discount and 5% donation back to Glen Eira College.  Collect a loyalty card from the school office and present it in store at Gran Prix Cycles, Glenhuntly Rd, Caulfield South.

Community News / Advertisements




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We are fortunately able to offer the brilliant Entertainment Book as part of our fundraising and it’s so easy for all to help. Simply Order the New 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive 100’s of valuable offers for things you love to do – simultaneously supporting our fundraising. 



Please help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with Friends and Family.


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Glen Eira College

Questions? Please email:

Derek Freedman at:

or call on: 0425 708845 



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